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EXPLAINER: Italian election only part of forming government

Sep. 24, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Sunday parliamentary election will determine who governs next in Italy. But it might take weeks before a coalition government is actually in place to run the major industrial economy and key NATO member. Opinion polls indicate that voters might elect the first...

'Crucial' vote could move Italy to right; many might boycott

Sep. 23, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italians will vote on Sunday in what is being billed as a crucial election as Europe reels from the repercussions of Russia's war in Ukraine. For the first time in Italy since the end of World War II, the election could propel a far-right leader into the premiership. ...

The politicians vying to lead Italy's next government

Sep. 22, 2022 04:17 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The main candidates in Italy's general election Sunday to elect a new Parliament and determine who next governs the country include some familiar names and some lesser-known ones. They range from from three-time Premier Silvio Berlusconi to far-right opposition leader Giorgia Meloni,...

Energy crisis key to Italy's election — but not conservation

Sep. 20, 2022 02:17 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Giambarini Group’s plants in northern Italy must keep zinc baths that rustproof steel and iron parts super-heated around the clock, seven days a week, an energy-intensive process that has grown exponentially more costly as natural gas prices spike. Methane to create...

Prospect of far-right female premier divides Italian women

Sep. 18, 2022 02:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — If Italy elects the nation's first female premier, will its women be delighted or dismayed? Should opinion polls prove on the mark, Giorgia Meloni and the far-right Brothers of Italy party she co-founded less than a decade ago will triumph in the Sept. 25 election....

IOC president Bach discusses 'challenges' for 2026 Games

Sep. 16, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Costly construction delays, a leadership vacancy linked to a volatile political climate and a lack of sponsors amid a spreading financial crisis has prompted International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to acknowledge the “challenges” facing organizers of the 2026 Winter...

Floods in Italy kill 10; Survivors plucked from roofs, trees

Sep. 16, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

CANTIANO, Italy (AP) — Flash floods swept through several towns Friday in hilly central Italy after hours of exceptionally heavy rain, leaving 10 people dead and at least four missing. Dozens of survivors scrambled onto rooftops or up into trees to await rescue. Floods invaded...

Democrat Letta: Fear plays role in Italy's Brexit-like vote

Sep. 13, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The leader of Italy's center-left campaign alliance on Tuesday cited the gains of a Swedish populist party with neo-Nazi roots as further proof that fear is propelling the far-right’s growth in Europe. He also warned that the outcome of his own country's approaching election could...

Queen Elizabeth II has died: Live updates

Sep. 09, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

TORONTO — Elton John paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at his final concert in Toronto on Thursday night, saying he was inspired by her and is sad she is gone. “She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace and decency and genuine caring,”...

Italy's fractured left taps young feminist to lift campaign

Sep. 07, 2022 02:36 AM EDT

MODENA, Italy (AP) — As far-right leader Giorgia Meloni ’s push to become Italy’s first female premier gathers momentum, the country's fractured left is offering voters a contrasting style of feminist politics. Elly Schlein, a 37-year-old U.S.-Italian national who grew up in...